Writing for Money: Free Ways to Advertise Your Services
Want to make money selling your writing services online? You'll need to advertise to attract clients. However when you're just starting out, paid advertising can be expensive. Let's look at some free ways to advertise and make money writing.
1. Add Content to Your Website/ Blog Every Day
Here's a secret: the search engines will send you all the traffic and all the clients you need. When somebody runs a search for writing services, your website or blog should be returned in the search query results.
You ensure that you get all the search engine traffic you want when you add content to your website and blog every day, simply because the search engines love fresh content.
2. Use the Free Online Classifieds Sites
There are hundreds of free online classified sites online. The secret to success with them is to create lots of ads. Be careful however. The major sites are tired of spam. This means that each of your ads will have to be different, and will have to be legitimate.
3. Post on Forums -- but Not Writing Forums
Interacting on webmaster and marketing forums online will get you writing jobs, because these people hire writers. Posting on forums is a free way to advertise your services, when you put a link to your website in your signature file.
Just add "Writer for Hire" and add a link to your website.
Here's a tip: don't bother posting on writing forums, because other writers, while lovely people and great fun, can't hire you.
4. Make Thoughtful, Considered Comments on Blogs
When you comment on a blog, you're offered the opportunity to add a link to your website. Don't abuse this opportunity. If you make offhand comments whose only purpose is to act as a link to your blog, your comments will be deleted.
Your aim when commenting on blogs is to join the conversation, and also to get known as a writer. Therefore, make your comments useful. Never comment just for the sake of a cheap link.
5. Submit Articles to Article Directories
Articles are great free advertising for your site. The benefit of articles as a form of advertising is that articles stay online for many years.
I'm still receiving traffic from articles I wrote way back in 2000, for example. Considering that I probably spent around half an hour writing each article, those articles have been sending me traffic for eight years. That's an amazing return on investment.